On Thanksgiving we sit around a table with family and friends, eat way too much delicious food, and think about all the blessings in our lives.  It’s honestly one of my favorite holidays, because we slow down enough to truly enjoy what’s around us, to recognize all the good things in our lives.

And then we wake up the next day, in a Christmas-minded frenzy that continues until December 25th.  

Black Friday shopping sales.  Perfecting cookie recipes for that upcoming Christmas cookie exchange.  Parties and shopping and gift wrapping and Pinterest-worthy decorations and new recipes.  Our minds and calendars are full of to-dos and expectations about how every event leading up to December 25th will unfold.

This Christmas season though, I want to be a little bit more like Mary.  Not so focused on my own expectations and busyness, but open to what this Christmas season is all about.


You can read the rest of the post at Terryn’s blog Just a Simple Home.  You’ll also be able to download a printable advent devotional on her post if you’re interested! 🙂

How to simplify the Christmas season by focusing on Jesus' birth



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